Bill Kraus, the former City Manager of Oak Hill currently embroiled in a controversy over what he says was a forced retirement, is now under investigation by an organization overseeing Tennessee city managers. Paul Boyer, City Manager of Columbia, Tennessee, representing the Tennessee City Managers Association confirmed the investigation. Boyer could not confirm the nature of the investigation only that it was ongoing.
Ken Whitehouse reported last month that Kraus had retired as City Manager of Oak Hill. It was subsequently revealed that Kraus had lent both his name and his money to the reelection campaign of then Oak Hill Commissioner Tommy Jacobs. Both Tenn. Code Ann. 6-21-106 and the International City/County Management Association's Code of Ethics would seem prohibit this type of activity.
Kraus disagrees saying that he had cleared his actions with more than one attorney. Kraus also asserts that the Oak Hill Mayor Tommy Alsup coerced his letter of resignation and that his retirement was forced, never acted upon by the board and thus, invalid.
During the battle over renovations at Tennessee's Executive residence, which is in Oak Hill, it was revealed that Kraus had been convicted of felonies while serving as a City Manager in California. Kraus was also found to have attempted to conceal that fact on his Davidson County voter registration form. Temporarily relieved of his right to vote, Kraus is now, again, a registered voter in Tennessee.
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